NEW YORK, Aug 28 – Hurricane Irene, after causing panic and destruction in North Carolina, smacked New York with heavy winds and driving rain on Sunday (August 28), closing down the financial capital of United states and the most populous city, stopping mass transit and triggering huge power blackouts as it stirred slowly northward along the eastern seaboard.
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The thunder of the subway system was quiet for the first time in years, the city all but shut down for the strongest tropical lashing since the 1980s.
Tornado warnings have been issued in the New York City and southern New England regions as Hurricane Irene moves up the east coast of the US leaving a path of rubble and demolition that has claimed at least nine lives so far in North Carolina, Virginia and Florida.
No less than 2.5 million homes and businesses are under power blackouts while thousands have been evacuated from their homes and an estimated 9,600 residents in NYC are presently in evacuation shelters as Irene moves north at maximum sustained winds reaching 80 mph.
Irene weakened after landfall over the North Carolina coast Saturday, but it was still a colossal storm with sustained winds of up to 80 mph as it approached Manhattan.